Buchanan falls in love with Tennessee

Baylen Buchanan has NFL ties, and now he's got his eyes set on NFL stardom. Will the three-star Georgia prospect make his temporary home on Rocky Top?

Baylen Buchanan lives with an NFL veteran who trains him almost daily on the finer points of being a defensive back. That’s just one of the many benefits of having Ray Buchanan as your dad.

The former third round pick in 1993 played 12 seasons at the highest level as a two-time All-Pro selection and is now teaching his son — three-star Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) prospect Baylen — what it takes to become an elite defender.

“My dad played in the NFL for 12 years, so I feel like I got an advantage because I get training from him almost every day,” Buchanan said. “He teaches me up.”

The younger Buchanan is ranked as Scout’s No. 54 cornerback in the 2016 class and the fifth-best corner in the state of Georgia who has snatched up offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Louisville among others. Tennessee has yet to extend a scholarship to the senior, but he visited Knoxville a handful of times in the summer and fall, immediately realizing Tennessee was a place he wouldn't mind calling his temporary home.

Buchanan made the trek to Rocky Top for the Florida-Tennessee game Oct. 4 and said he was blown away with the atmosphere and pageantry surrounding the matchup.

“I came over here over the summer, so that’s when I really fell in love with it, like the vibe and stuff,” he said. “They always told me about the vibe, but they said it’s nothing until you get to a real game, so I came up here to the Tennessee-Florida game and it was crazy.”

Buchanan is committed to Louisville right now but his status could change as he continues to receive offers. If he does finally land one from Tennessee, it could sway him out of his verbal agreement and into the hands of Butch Jones and his staff.

“You know how they always say fall in love with the environment, not the coaches, but the (aura) of the place,” he said. “I loved it.”

No matter where the 5-11, 170-pound corner does decide to go, however, his dad and de facto NFL trainer will support his decision and continue to help him when the recruiting process is all said and done.

"My dad is going to support me no matter where I go," Buchanan told Scout. "He is down for whatever I do and wherever I go. He is taking me on trips, he is looking at depth charts and academics with me, and he will be there for me no matter which school I choose."

InsideTennessee managing editor Danny Parker contributed to this report.


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